This rare and fabulous cabinet sized doll is from Steiner’s Series A. She comes in her complete factory original costume, which includes a decorated chemise, bloomers, slip, elaboratedly decorated lace trimmed silk costume, hat of straw and silk ribbon, socks and shoes. The chemise and undergarments are near mint and the silk dress has only a tiny bit of melt that does not show in display. All pieces of the costume coordinate in shades of pale green. I attempted to show the matching lace and factory fabric of her costume and its lining in the picture of her in chemsise. She has her original, although sparse, mohair wig and Steiner cardboard pate. I have added on top of the original wig an antique wig in the same shade of blonde. I have photographed her with and without the added wig to give you an idea of the options. Her new owner can choose whether to keep it or not. Her perfect bisque socket head is incised J. Steiner, Paris, A7. She has beautiful blue paperweight stationery eyes, pierced ears, and closed mouth. Her composition 5-piece Steiner body has its original finish in mint condition and is stamped “Le Parisien”, Jules Steiner on her left hip. Her bisque may look a bit rough in magnification. Keep in mind that the page picture is already a magnification and we take our pictures with high pixel numbers so that the magnified view is very magnified, unlike some shop pictures.
Her bisque face could also be more rigorously cleaned. I am very gentle in cleaning and leave the deeper level cleanings to the choice of the new owner.
It is so rare to find dolls of this age as completely factory original and mint as this little lovely. I know she will quickly tempt a French bebe collector or a collector who has been waiting for that perfect Steiner at an affordable price to add her to their collection.
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